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By John Merriman

ISBN-10: 0393934330

ISBN-13: 9780393934335

A vintage in its box, enjoyed via teachers and scholars for its narrative aptitude, humor, authority, and finished assurance. greater than 100,000 copies sold!

to be had in either one-volume and two-volume paperback versions, A historical past of recent Europe provides a breathtaking survey of recent Europe from the Renaissance to the current day. A unmarried writer lends a unified technique and constant variety all through, with an emphasis at the connections of occasions and other people over time.

The 3rd variation, just like the sooner than it, is authoritative and updated. New to the 3rd variation is the subject of empire. From the imperial rivalries among France and Spain within the 16th and 17th centuries, in the course of the upward thrust and fall of the Ottoman Turkish empire, and on into the imperial heritage of the 20 th century―decolonization, the unfold of the Soviet empire, and the imperial energy of the United States―the topic of empire is helping scholars locate commonalities one of the occasions of eu heritage.

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And I have also always believed that meaningful detail and color reveal the rich texture of the past, and that history can be vivid and compelling. I have tried to write this history with that in mind. Bertolt Brecht's poem "A Worker Reads History" poses questions that I still think are important to answer: Who built the seven gates of Thebes? The books are filled with the names of kings. Was it kings who hauled the craggy blocks of stone? And Babylon, so many times destroyed. Who built the city up each time?

ReU-gious conflict and wars would tear Europe apart, leading to reform in the Church but leaving permanent religious divisions where once there had been near-uniformity of belief and worship. l^ A V''. CHAPTER 1 MEDIEVAL LEGACIES AND TRANSFORMING DISCOVERIES Jacob Fugger (1455—1525) was one of the sons of a weaver who settled in the southern German town of Augsburg late in the fourteenth century. At age fourteen, he joined his brothers as a trader in spices, silks, and woolen goods. He traded, above all, with the Adriatic port of Venice, where Fugger learned double-entry bookkeeping (keeping track of business credits and debits), which was then unknown in the German states.

The lord would keep part of the estate for himself (his domain) and would divide the rest among peasants, who would pay for the use of the land with services or in kind (payment in crops, animals, or some other commodity). In return, lords would offer protection. Peasants worked the lands of the lords, giving to the latter not only their labor, but most of what they produced. They were also obligated to mill their grain, brew their beer, and 12 Medieval Legacies and Transforming Discoveries Peasants at \s ork defer to richly dressed nobles.

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